22 November 2019

Greater China

  • Beijing boasts the largest number of wealthy families in China, according to Hurun. Photo: Reuters

    Shifts in China’s wealth landscape

    - Nov 22, 2019 10:16am
    For the year ended 2018, Hurun has pointed out some interesting changes in China’s wealth distribution. While the number of Chinese families owning at least 6 million yuan (US$853,500) has increased, the population of super and...
  • Tuvalu foreign minister Simon Kofe said his country is working to set up a group uniting Taiwan’s remaining four allies in the Pacific. Photo: Reuters

    Tuvalu rejects China offer, retains ties with Taiwan

    Nov 21, 2019 2:55pm
    Tuvalu’s foreign minister said on Thursday the South Pacific nation had rejected offers from Chinese companies to build artificial islands to help it cope with rising sea levels, an approach viewed as undermining Taiwan’s influence in...
  • The concept of judicial independence and the separation of powers, which is one of Hong Kong’s core values, seem inimical to the political thought process of the central authorities in Beijing, the author says. Photo: Bloomberg

    Intemperate interpretation

    - Nov 20, 2019 6:02pm
    Who authorized Zang Tiewei to assert that Hong Kong’s High Court has no power to rule on the constitutionality of Carrie Lam’s executive order prohibiting face masks? Of course, it was to be expected that all...
  • Uighur men leave a mosque after prayers in Hotan in Xinjiang. More than a million Uighurs and members of other ethnic groups have been detained in internment camps in the region, according to the United Nations. Photo: AFP

    Xinjiang govt says leak on Uighur camps ‘fake news’

    Nov 19, 2019 12:18pm
    A report in the New York Times that included 400 pages of leaked internal documents on the internment of Uighur Muslims was “fabricated” and prompted by “hostile foreign forces”, the government of China’s far western region...
  • Protesters wear gas masks during clashes with police outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    China says HK courts have no power to rule on anti-mask law

    Nov 19, 2019 9:31am
    China’s top legislature said Hong Kong courts have no power to rule on the constitutionality of legislation under the city’s Basic Law, which includes a proposed ban on face masks, state news agency Xinhua reported on...
  • The Hong Kong government's move to impose a ban on face masks during public assemblies has proved a resounding failure. File photo: Reuters

    HK anti-mask law excessive and unconstitutional, court rules

    Nov 18, 2019 4:00pm
    Hong Kong’s High Court ruled on Monday that the government’s move last month to introduce an anti-mask law using colonial-era emergency powers was unconstitutional. The ban on face coverings was excessive and “incompatible with the Basic...
  • File picture of a man walking past a screen showing images of President Xi Jinping in Kashgar in China's northwest Xinjiang region. Photo: AFP

    Leaked Chinese documents show details of Xinjiang clampdown: NYT

    Nov 18, 2019 9:29am
    A trove of leaked Chinese government documents reveals details of its clampdown on Uighurs and other Muslims in the country’s western Xinjiang region under President Xi Jinping, the New York Times reported. United Nations experts and...
  • A US congressional commission has urged Washington to develop specific benchmarks to measure the 'high degree of autonomy' that Hong Kong is meant to enjoy from Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

    Suspend HK special status in event of China crackdown: USCC

    Nov 15, 2019 4:58pm
    The US Congress should enact legislation that would suspend the special economic status Hong Kong enjoys under US law should China deploy forces to crush protests in the territory, a congressional advisory body said on Thursday....
  • Office workers gather during a lunchtime demonstration in Hong Kong’s Central district. Many people are angry at what they perceive as brutal police tactics on anti-government protesters. Photo: Reuters

    Is Hong Kong the new Lebanon?

    - Nov 15, 2019 12:17pm
    It’s official: the government has no idea what’s going on. This is precisely what Matthew Cheung, the Chief Secretary of Administration in Name Only (CSANO), told legislators this week when asked if he understood why people...
  • In order to attract more foreign investment, Guangzhou has come up with a plan to improve its business environment by digitizing the business registration process. Photo: Xinhua

    Citizens as ‘customers’ of government agencies

    - Nov 15, 2019 9:59am
    For years, enterprises have invested in cloud-enabled digital innovation. Businesses reap the rewards in terms of business agility, efficiency, cost savings and improved customer experience. People who have enjoyed the benefits of digital innovation now have...
  • Chinese authorities are preparing to a launch a new round of inspections on facilities involved in production of hazardous chemicals. Photo: Bloomberg

    China to launch new safety crackdown on chemical industry

    Nov 14, 2019 10:20am
    China has unveiled plans for a nationwide safety crackdown on its chemical industry following an investigation into a deadly factory blast that killed 78 people and injured dozens more in March, Reuters reports. The explosion, at...
  • Factory operational costs in Dongguan are significantly lower than those in Shenzhen. Photo: Reuters

    Manufacturing powerhouse Dongguan regains momentum

    - Nov 14, 2019 8:30am
    Dongguan’s GDP growth has accelerated to 7.2 percent for the first three quarters of 2019, from 6.9 percent in the first half of the year. This is in sharp contrast with Shenzhen, which suffered a rapid...
  • Senior Trump administration officials have ratcheted up their rhetoric on China even as Washington pursues a trade deal. Photo: Reuters

    China and the US: Deep-seated differences

    - Nov 14, 2019 8:30am
    While China and the United States once again appear to be close to a trade agreement, the fact that it is a “first phase” accord makes it clear that intractable issues have been left for a...
  • Some US lawmakers want the Senate to push a Hong Kong-related bill, following through on an initiative by the House of Representatives. Photo: Reuters

    US senators push for vote on Hong Kong rights bill

    Nov 13, 2019 4:55pm
    The chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Tuesday that he wants the Senate to pass legislation to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, Reuters reports. Republican Senator Jim Risch noted that he...
  • Some homebuyers in Shenzhen are required to pay the luxury home tax even if they only buy a tiny apartment with an area of 35 square meters. Photo: Reuters

    Shenzhen eases tax rule on luxury homes

    - Nov 13, 2019 1:20pm
    Shenzhen’s housing and construction bureau announced on Monday that all residential apartments smaller than 144 square meters in the southern city will be exempted from the luxury home tax. The move is expected to boost the...
  • Huawei is preparing to reward staff who helped the company weather the impact of US trade sanctions. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei to reward staff with huge bonus as it rides out US curbs

    Nov 12, 2019 5:09pm
    Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies said on Tuesday that it will hand out 2 billion yuan (US$286 million) in cash rewards to staff working to help the firm ride out US sanctions. The reward is...
  • Lower living costs and a more relaxed lifestyle are prompting a growing number of Chinese to opt to live in smaller towns. Photo: Yicai

    Why a young Chinese man opted for a small northeastern city

    - Nov 12, 2019 11:49am
    While a lot of young mainlanders are struggling with exorbitant home prices in big cities, Li Hai, 33, recently bought a 77-square-meter apartment in the northeastern Heilongjiang province for less than 60,000 yuan (US$8,450) Li, born...
  • A screen displays the transaction volume of Alibaba’s Singles' Day shopping festival at the firm’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China early on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sales hit new record, but growth slows

    Nov 12, 2019 11:30am
    Alibaba Group saw sales during its 24-hour Singles’ Day shopping blitz on Monday hit a record US$38.4 billion, though the growth rate was slower compared to previous years. The Chinese online retail giant announced that gross...
  • China's President Xi Jinping has called on the country to boost the development of blockchain technology. Photo: Reuters

    Blockchain not suitable for China’s digital currency: PBoC

    Nov 8, 2019 3:41pm
    Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for the stepped-up development of blockchain technology in the country. But even if the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) is considering coming up with its own digital currency, it is “neutral”...
  • Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu  said maintaining China's economic growth has been fundamental to the Communist Party’s political legitimacy. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan warns of possible attack if China slowdown worsens

    Nov 7, 2019 3:19pm
    Beijing could resort to military conflict with self-ruled Taiwan to divert domestic pressure if a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy amid the trade war threatens the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party, the island’s foreign...